Unequal school discipline strategies set the stage for lifelong discrimination
from Education Week
The zero tolerance policies that began in the 1980s and really took off in the 1990s were meant to level the playing field for all students. Students who were considered dangerous or disruptive were removed from the learning environment. They were suspended or expelled, allowing the rest of the class to continue being dutiful, well-behaved learners. The policies were expected to make discipline a consistent process across schools, districts and states. The punishments were the same, no matter what the crime, no matter what the circumstances. No matter who the perpetrator.
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